A Real Madrid star craving a move to the Premier League is hoping that playing a big role in dumping Liverpool out of the Champions League will help his cause.
Reports at the beginning of March sugested that Chelsea and Bayern Munich were the frontrunners for Real winger Lucas Vazquez. Indeed, it was stated that the Blues had actually tabled a bid to land the 29-year-old.
Vazquez, who’s also been linked with Leeds and Manchester United, has less than three months left on his contract. Reports state that he is likely to leave, given his unhappiness with Real’s renewal proposal.
Defensa Central, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that the Spain international knows his ‘future is at stake’, with a Premier League summer switch a likely outcome.
Zinedine Zidane’s side will face the Reds in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the first leg on Tuesday night.
The report states the attacker, who can also play at right-back, wants to use the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s men to make a ‘good impression’ on the English club.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are expected to monitor Vazquez during the two games against Liverpool. Those clashes will give Chelsea a good idea on how the player copes with Premier League opposition.
However, the report in Defensa Central adds that ‘nothing is closed or ruled out’ so far, with regards to where Vazquez will be playing next season.
Zidane coy on Salah transfer talk
Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refused to open up when asked about transfer speculation linking his side with a move for Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool winger Salah has his own case to be Jurgen Klopp’s best signing. The Egyptian notched his 93rd Premier League goal on Saturday, in what was his 150th competition appearance. Rumours of a switch to the big Spanish clubs have always followed the 28-year-old. But they have stepped up this season.
Indeed, Salah has twice admitted affection for Los Blancos in separate interviews with the Spanish press.
In December, he told AS that he sees Madrid as a “top club”. Last month, meanwhile, he told Marca that he is thinking about playing in Spain later in his career.
As such, the player’s future proved an immediate talking point in Zidane’s pre-match press conference. That is ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final between Madrid and Liverpool.
However, the French manager refused to open up.
He told reporters (via the Liverpool Echo): “Salah’s not our player. I have 25 players here and so far Real Madrid’s goal is enjoying La Liga in the moment.
“What I want and what I’m interested about is tomorrow’s match and playing against players like Salah and that’s what we’re going to have to do tomorrow.”